The study of Malayalam language and literature as a core programme was started in 2013. Through this self-financing course, it was possible to raise the importance of the mother tongue which, till then, was taught only as a second language. Now, even students from other districts come to Christ College to study Malayalam. The fact that the Malayalam degree programme is designed differently from the traditional way, with Information Technology and Journalism as complementary courses, attracts more students.
This programme with its emphasis on Kerala culture helps students to get employment in the government sector. There is no doubt that the journey through Kerala culture and different fields of literature will make the student a committed social being. Malayalam is also taught as a second language for undergraduates. BA/B.Sc. students are required to study Malayalam in four semesters and B. Com students and non-traditional undergraduates in two semesters.
The paper 'Chalachithrapadanam' offered by the Department of Malayalam as an Open Course for students studying other subjects at the undergraduate level provides an opportunity to study in detail the history, techniques and politics of the popular art form of cinema. It also becomes a window into world cinema.
Along with the curriculum, activities are also conducted to acquaint the learners with the current social issues and academic environment. Students play a leading role in at least some of these events which help in building their leadership qualities.
Students are given opportunities to interact directly with people in the fields of literature, film, drama, information technology, book publishing, and editing, and also to gain practical training in some of these areas. This ensures that our students graduate with greater confidence and efficiency. The Department of Malayalam pays special attention to motivate the students for further study and research. Under the leadership of the Malayalam Department, an award ‘Rachana Naipuni’ has been instituted at the state level with an objective to promote students’ research orientation.